Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan admits he is flattered to be compared to Brazilian legend Cafu, and was left dumbstruck when the former AC Milan right-back praised him on Twitter, reports the Daily Express.
The 21-year-old has impressed fans of the Merseyside club so much this season, that they've given him the nickname 'The Red Cafu'.
And, whilst Flanagan admits he's taken a bit of stick from his Liverpool team-mates, he insists it's brilliant to have been recognised by the two time World Cup winner.
"There's been a few comments going around the training ground about that," he said. "But it's just brilliant having him [Cafu] commenting.
"To see a tweet from Cafu, someone I've looked up to, a brilliant right-back all of his life for Brazil, AC Milan and others - for him to comment on me is amazing really.
"You think: Is it real and did he really tweet that? It's a great boost for me. Some fans call me stuff, some fans call me other stuff! But for him to notice me and say he's going to watch me is just brilliant.
"He's a legend in the game, so hopefully I can keep improving and maybe one day reach the top like he did."
Brendan Rodgers has handed Flanagan 11 first-team appearances so far in 2013/14, and the local lad scored his first goal in the recent 5-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
In the continued absence of the injured Glen Johnson, the full-back is hoping to seize the opportunity to establish himself in the Liverpool team, and will aim to feature frequently at Anfield for the remainder of the campaign.